Home Soundscapes

By Claire Davies

Tune your ears to the sounds around you. Follow this project to rediscover the sound of silence.

Don’t forget to share your sounds or post online and tag @natsatclub and @ntusat_artclub



We don’t always notice, but sound is everywhere. Even in a quiet room there are everyday noises that we naturally filter out of our perception.

This fun activity asks you to listen to your environment and reconfigure these sounds of the everyday into rhythms or collaged soundscapes. Using the free WavePad app on your mobile device you can record and edit the sounds in your home.



  • Mobile device


Activity Step-by-step

Step 1

Spend 10 minutes going around the home thinking about the sort of noises that you can record in 1-2 second snippets e.g. machines, computers, a kettle boiling, the dishwasher.

Write a list of 10 sounds.


Step 2

Consider the conversations that you’ve been having in the last few days, both with people in your house and people on the phone or social media. Condense each of these conversations in to one or two keywords and write these down. Spend the next 5 minutes thinking about the conversations you’ve been having and write a list of 10 keywords that summarise these interactions.


Step 3

Download the free WavePad app from the Google Play store or the Apple store. This app allows you to record and edit sound recordings.

Once you have downloaded the app, you can start recording straight away.

Take a look at these example sound works made by Saturday Club members from Nottingham Trent University:


Thank you for taking part in the Nottingham Trent University Saturday Club Workshop.

Share your sounds or post online and tag @natsatclub and @ntusat_artclub


Resources & References

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – Pandemonium

“Tip tap tip tap. Is that the sound of dripping or is it someone in a cell tapping a code on the wall? Now there are many more tapping sounds. Far and near. Loud and soft. Now someone is banging on a pipe, now a cupboard.”

Bruce Nauman – OK OK OK

“’OK OK OK’, which Nauman himself chants repeatedly until the phrase distorts and seems to morph into new words.”

John Cage – 4’33”

Susan Philipsz  


Fluxus Community –   

Yoko Ono – Toilet Piece 

Robert Filliou – Imitating the Sound of Birds 

La Monte Young – House Piece

Bjorn Eriksson – BallAd-olo-dAllab 

Contributed by Claire Davies, Nottingham Trent University Art&Design Saturday Club


Claire Davies completed her BA (Hons) Intermedia Art at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Upon graduating Claire co-founded Rhubaba, an artist-run studio and gallery space in Edinburgh.

Now living in Nottingham, Claire is an Artist, a Moving Image Technician and Saturday Club tutor at Nottingham Trent University. Recent exhibitions and projects include; Blush, Random Acts Shorts Commission, Channel 4 Television; TCBTV, Somerset House, London; The Valley of Lost Things, Two Queens, Leicester and Satellite Forecast, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.


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